Rodale Institute has designated July as Organic Honey Month, and is teaming up with Wedderspoon Organic USA and Corona Tools to share it on the upcoming #plantchat.
The joint Rodale Institute / Wedderspoon campaign celebrates honeybees and their contribution to the food system as pollinators. It will also raise awareness around the decline in honeybee populations and the threats they face in the form of toxic agricultural chemicals.
How do you use organic honey? Share your favorite organic honey recipes and enter to win a jar of raw, organic honey. Our experts will share tips about OHM, bees, providing safe, organic forage in the home garden, and using honey in many ways. Learn more about Organic Honey Month.
A Honey of a Giveaway
In honor of July National Honey Month, Wedderspon is giving away jars of 100% Raw Fir Honey to 12 lucky winners!
To enter: Take a photo of bees in your garden, bee friendly plants, or any photo of you helping the bees in some way at home!! Tag Wedderspoon Organic USA Facebook Page in the photos, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31. Good Luck!
Rodale Institute's Aaron Kinsman and Wedderspoon Organic USA's Publicity/Brand Manager, Kelly Nelson will participate in #plantchat on Twitter to answer questions and provide helpful hints and advice for helping bees and using organic honey. It's another great topic and discussion in store on #plantchat!
You're Invited to Tweet
Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman of Rodale Institute tweeting as @RodaleInstitute, along with Wedderspoon Organic's Kelly Nelson tweeting as @WedderspoonUSA will be leading the chat, along with the voice of Corona Tools, Chris Sabbarese. The live chat begins Monday, July 13, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.
Here's the buzz during the discussion:
Pollinators are economically important - More than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world's food are pollinated by bees
Gifts from Bees - There is evidence of documented health benefits of honey and other bee products. Share your recipes and uses for honey.
Organic is Preferable - There's a world of microbiology in a beehive and when hives are treated with toxins, the microbiology is killed, disrupting the natural balance that keeps beehives running in a healthy way and as a super-organism.
No Smoking - Organic bees are not managed with smoke, nor with chemicals inside the hive, nor sugar water to increase honey production.
Current Status and Tips for Home Beekeepers - Currently, there are an estimated 2 million managed hives, and these can be supported by Rodale Institute's Honeybee Conservancy, which promotes healthy beekeeping practices through education and outreach and includes classes in sustainable beekeeping practices, hive hosting on Rodale Institute's organic farm, and support for beginners through the network.
Photos courtesy Rodale Institute.
Join the Conversation
Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat. They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!
If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion.
Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now #plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners. We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.
photos courtesy of Rodale Institute